Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly signed a decree that will allow the government to seize property that is not claimed within 30 days. Millions of displaced people could lose the right to their homes as a result.
When its wealthy Russian owner suspected of money laundering left the medieval property in disrepair, the state government used a historical preservation ordinance to take charge. Now it's slated for sale and renovation.
As the world gears up for the World Cup final, a grassroots group of volunteers has created its own football movement for refugees in northern Greece. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis report from Thessaloniki.
Faced with development plans and a new law, Syrian homeowners must now prove their property belongs to them. But many refugees can't return home to do so, meaning the law has become a form of expropriation.
Since a major offensive by the Assad regime in southwestern Syria, thousands more Syrians are attempting to escape the disaster zones – but neighboring Jordan and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have shut their borders.
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